More Food Poisoning Outbreaks are Crossing State Lines, warns CDC
The US government cited data showing an increase in food poising outbreaks that are crossing state lines. Latest in the list is E. coli outbreak which forced Denver headquartered restaurant company Chipotle Mexican Grill to close more than three dozens of its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Tuesday that in last five years, about two dozen food outbreaks that span multiple states occurred in the country. According to health officials, the increase is noted due to better detection. Today, it is easy to link illnesses with contaminated food, they said. The officials said many companies have started to ship their products to wider network, which means more states can have tainted products.
In just 5% outbreak cases of food poisonings in the US, more than one individual are reported to be sickened by a common food product. The leading national public health institute of the US, CDC, examined about 120 multi-state outbreaks in the country from 2010 to 2014. According to the federal agency, those multi-state outbreaks accounted for about 8,000 illnesses.
Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said, “Multi-state outbreaks have much more serious health effects than other outbreaks. They tend to be caused by more lethal listeria, salmonella and E. coli germs”.
The latest E. coli outbreak linked to the Chipotle restaurant chain has sickened more than two dozen individuals in Washington and Oregon. According to health experts, people who ate at a Chipotle prior to their closure last week could be at risk.
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